Welcome to the milestone summer edition of  Statewide , your quarterly update on the impact being made by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension . This is the first edition since Dr. Ernie Minton was named permanent dean of the College of Agriculture. Dr. Minton has a big vision for the future of the college and Kansas as a whole. You can hear more about it in his recent "Agriculture Today" radio interview .
Recently legalized industrial hemp could be an important addition to Kansas crops. Watch this video with Dean Minton walking us through the questions our scientists are asking as they grow the first research crops of hemp around the state.
More than 400 high school students from 84 Kansas counties were in Manhattan to learn, have fun and get a taste of what a college campus is like during the annual Discovery Days event in late May. Read how 4-H helped them develop confidence, manage their time and prepare for responsibility in their first steps into adulthood.
Choosing tasty, good foods: Sweet corn, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, raspberries, blueberries … hungry yet? How about sun tea? This is the time of year when tasty fruits and vegetables are more accessible and can make meals more nutritious.
If you live in the eastern third of Kansas, some nearby trees could be at risk for Sudden Oak Death. Read this if you bought rhododendrons at Walmart and Home Depot stores this spring to help ensure the plant disease doesn’t spread.
“What do I do now?” is a question we strive to answer for people dealing with floods and other natural disasters. We've collected extension specialists' resources and links on one handy webpage .
OK, our researchers haven’t cracked time travel (yet), but they’re using the genetic code of 1,000 wheat variations to investigate 10,000 years of evolutionary traits to help farmers grow better breeds tomorrow. To dig deeper, you can check out their research in the high-profile journal Nature Genetics
We recently launched a new podcast called Dig Deep featuring in-depth interviews with some of our top researchers to learn more about what drives a scientist’s curiosity and how it applies to their specific disciplines. Turns out scientists aren’t that different from the rest of us!
… 63% of net farm income came from crop insurance and government payments, according to the Kansas Farm Management Association’s annual survey. That’s because of lower market prices, trade disputes and rough weather impacts. It all adds up to tight margins and limited cash flow.
Interested in a healthier Kansas? Who isn’t? K-State Research and Extension is working to become a connection point for resources at the community, state and national levels to improve health – similar to the way K-State and universities like it revolutionized agriculture a century ago.
Find out about helpful resources and events for better communities, better farming, better ranching, better living, better gardening and more through our easy-to-read new blog, " Better Kansas ," every Thursday.
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K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, as amended. Kansas State University, County Extension Councils, Extension Districts, and United States Department of Agriculture Cooperating, J. Ernest Minton, Director.